A close shave for Slater

by admin on June 30, 2014

The 22-year-old was joined by fellow Victorian and Commonwealth Games debutante Carla Odgers as he underwent a ‘makeover’ and had his well established, a treasured beard, shaved off to raise money for Cerebral Palsy Australia – and by an Australian sporting legend. The Victoria Bowling Club young gun was born with Cerebral Palsy and jumped at the opportunity to fundraise for a cause very close to his heart which garnered even more significance when 1994 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Steve Moneghetti agreed to be involved. “When I was approached to have my beard shaved and hair cut for a cause so close to my heart, I didn’t hesitate,” Slater said “To have Steve volunteer his time to come and be a part of it and make it a truly ‘Ballarat-local’ affair was awesome and his support of not only the bowls team for Glasgow but every sport is phenomenal and we are lucky to have him so interested in helping us promote the Commonwealth Games team,” Slater said. “Mona looked nervous taking charge of the clippers and razor but he did a great job and it was fantastic to have his support.” “I’d been growing my beard for about seven months and it was starting to annoy me so I didn’t need much of a poke to be shot into action and the charity angle was a bonus.” “It’s great to be able to use my bowls career and selection in the Commonwealth Games team to raise money for Cerebral Palsy and I know the monies raised will be greatly received,” Slater added. Slater is a member of the Australian para-sport team heading to Glasgow on July 11 and will partner Tony Bonnell and James Reynolds in the Bowlers with a Disability Triples while Tony Scott (with director Peter Scott) and Joy Forster (with director Bruce Jones) will compete in the Vision Impaired Pairs competition. Donations can still be made at https://secure.donman.net.au/client/CerebralPalsy/Donate.aspx